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Where Shadows Refuse to Dance

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Where Shadows Refuse to Dance

Locking the door is useless,
for he has a key...

Will that sliver of light
become a wider slice tonight,
or not?

Bed sheet covers are but flimsy barriers,
easily thrown off
by hands—

Hard working hands 
that roam where they should not

Tuck you to bed,
tell you a fairy tale before you sleep,
kiss you good night.

They all hold different meanings,
they always do.

The moon is a silent witness,
peeking through the windows,
where shadows refuse to dance...
but creep
Innocent eyes of a doll
that weep

“Shhh,” he says
“This is love.”

But the pounding heart,
the screaming mind
know otherwise.

This isn’t love.
It never was.

The moon can only scream in silence
with her.


The sun crashes in,
dissolving the darkness
but it never matters,
for the nightmare continues...

She’s there at the stove, cooking
eggs sunny-side up
He reads the newspaper 
with a smile

Yet tears start to pool
as a timid voice says,
“Please, Mommy...
Why don’t you believe me?
The Boogie Man is real.”

September 16, 2011

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  1. Date: 3/2/2014 12:40:00 PM
    Binibining This is a powerfully deep and intense write. Gave me chills reading it. Thanks for the Birthday wishes and nice comment on my Birthday poem.

  1. Date: 6/11/2013 4:01:00 AM
    Very impressive. Congratulations. Rick

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 6:58:00 PM
    Oh wow..........this is so chilling.....because, unfortunately, I'm afraid there is such truth......heartbreaking truth! You ended this perfectly, my friend. Always the most creative poet I know :)

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 2:07:00 PM
    congrats in Roy's contest............. SKAT

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 1:23:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win binibining xx

  1. Date: 6/10/2013 12:55:00 PM
    Congratulations on the win, Nikko. Very disturbing. I'll be posting a blog with additional comments. Cheers, Roy

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 7:00:00 AM
    It is always a pleasure to read your poetry Nikko. I want to thank you today for your kind words on my writing. Your words are appreciated more then you know. I did not get any of my poems back. I do have some that I had copied and saved so I can add them back to my Soup list. Thank you so much for trying to help. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/21/2011 10:06:00 AM
    dance dance dance you little monky

  1. Date: 10/7/2011 4:26:00 PM
    wow Nikko. yes, monsters are real. so proud of you for writing this and so well done. hope this is not personal, I know too many who live with the sadness of a lost childhood. they are the most loving parents even so, by what grace there may be. just wanted to thank you for your comment, and no it is not about anything recent, though it is about someone in my life. love to you sweet friend. hugs, shar xoxo

  1. Date: 9/24/2011 6:14:00 PM
    ouchymonga... I work at a hospital, we see the worst of these cases and they're gut wrenching and heart-breaking... and WAY more wide-spread than just the ones that end up needing serious medical intervention... beautifully writ, Rio! Beauty day to ya. Namaste~N

  1. Date: 9/23/2011 6:08:00 AM
    Hi (nikko?)/Rio..mind boggling how you keep changing yourself,!!! So, how are you dear?Long... time!! Was craving to read some nice poems and so happy and glad to have found you and this brilliant piece of writing..Kudos to you for taking this up, a difficult and delicate topic. And the way you have put it across,,I'm so impressed. Simply outstanding!!! Love to you always, gautami

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 11:03:00 AM
    Wot's up with this new name? Where did it come from? Hey, I completely missed this poem of yours. Damn, you did an amazing job really putting the reader into the victim's place. Such a cruel thing to do to a child(to anyone); and all for some sick self-gratification. You did something very positive by highlighting this negative topic.

  1. Date: 9/20/2011 1:24:00 AM
    Wow Nikko-that is FANTASTIC! Very well worded w/ a shocking ending.

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 6:00:00 PM
    Yep! There are two kinds of love, one just for fun, the other for friendship and respect as well as pleasure. The one for fun can be a few minutes worth of lifelong misery. Good write. Love, daver

  1. Date: 9/18/2011 3:09:00 AM
    Nikko--this is raw and emotive! You address a difficult subject with excellent creativity. Hope the poor bastard who plays the role of the Boogie Man is rotting in jail somewhere with the key in the bottom of the ocean. Always a pleasure to read from your diverse and purposeful pen. Gwendolen

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 11:33:00 AM
    Marriage, the boogie man. Yes, and too often - too many 60-40 situations. Good to see you back. Love, daver

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 9:07:00 AM
    The darker moment shine through this intriguing verse. The images disturb in an evocative way. You probe the mind with this one Nikko.

  1. Date: 9/17/2011 7:42:00 AM
    Nikko, a very poignant and disturbing piece, yet it is written with honesty and the compassion of an understanding heart. So many suffer in silence and it is poems like this that give voice to those who suffer. Outstanding!

  1. Date: 9/16/2011 4:15:00 PM
    wow such a passionate write expressing great emotional feelings Nikko.. luv the presentation so stunning luv... and thankxx for spelling boo boos... oh and to think I used to get perfect scores on my spelling in teacher must be turning over somewhere..luv..thankxx a million ..

  1. Date: 9/16/2011 3:54:00 PM
    brings back a lot of my childhood fears, nikko, this is a unusual subject for a poem, yet it is an awesome read. harry